Fifteen Minutes

I need to put my dishes away... But I almost always make fifteen minutes for breakfast.

I need to put my dishes away... But I almost always make fifteen minutes for breakfast.

Dedicated to my brother who needs 1500 minutes instead of 15.  Everyone's life is worthy of fifteen daily minutes of self care.  Between the demands of work, family, school, etc., where does that leave "me time?" Often it's forgotten; swept under a rug and squirreled away under "I'll take care of me later," but truth is, you won't. Some other crisis will pop up, and you'll collapse into bed at 12:30am feeling like you'll never catch up. Wait, wait, we're talking about you here, not me!

I'm learning the importance of living a slower, deliberate, and more purposeful and peaceful life. In a perfect world, my day would begin at 6am (okay maybe 7) with coffee and breakfast and I'd read the travel section of the New York Times (face it most of the rest of it is depressing) and I'd be heading off for a) a walk, b) the flower/farmer's market or c) to a café to wile away my day writing and reading. 

And that dream sequence just went up in smoke as I am generally lamenting getting out of bed, then a) sweeping up cat litter, b) showering and wrestling with my hair and c) tidying up whatever else I didn't get to the day before.  I often make meals and things in the morning, but it is far from a relaxing experience.  I used to relegate my breakfast to munching at my work desk (yogurt or oatmeal) while checking my email, but I traded that practice for a much more deliberate fifteen minute meal and coffee at my kitchen table at home.  I browse my Instagram feed, read the Daily Skimm or spend some time working on my blog posts.  Sometimes I just sit there and enjoy the feel of a hot coffee mug in my hand and stare into the middle distance.  Point being that it's my fifteen minutes with few distractions (except for Portia slapping me with her paw) and it's one of the few times of the day that is mine and met with peace.  Find your fifteen minutes somewhere within the 1440 that the day provides you and develop your own necessary self-care ritual.

So much for today's fifteen minutes... 

So much for today's fifteen minutes... 

Breakfast Tacos

This recipe takes about five minutes, really, leaving and you ten to munch and enjoy life.

2 eggs
1/4 of milk or 2 tablespoons of soft cheese
a few dashes of cumin
two corn taco shells
sliced grape tomatoes or prepared salsa
sprigs of cilantro if you like that kind of thing
shredded cheese if you don't use soft cheese
dash of salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon butter/oil to scramble the eggs

Mix the eggs, cumin, salt, pepper, cheese, and/or milk in a small bowl.  Heat a skillet on medium high heat and add butter or oil.  Mix in tomato or salsa to egg mixture and scramble the eggs to desired consistency then remove from heat.  Warm tortillas on the bare burner until warm and soft.  Fill in taco shells with egg mixture and add cilantro and more salsa if you wish.  Enjoy with a steaming hot cup of café con leche!